Ill. Reps Roskam/Hultgren Reaffirm U.S. Support for Israel

-By Warner Todd Huston

Republican Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam (6th District) and Randy Hultgren (14th District) voted in favor of the US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act last week. The pair released statements on their votes.

Roskam Statement on US-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act

WASHINGTON – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06), co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, issued the following statement today after the House passed the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012.

“With persistent uncertainty in the Middle East, it is critical that the U.S. stand firmly with Israel and its people now more than ever. Israel is a strong and dependable American ally with shared values, strategic interests, and worldviews. Israel stands out as a democratic beacon of hope and reason in a region where Iran’s shadow looms ominously. Today’s bipartisan resolution reaffirms the commitment of this Congress to stand united with Israel as they continue to work towards genuine peace and bring security to the region.”

Hultgren Votes to Reaffirm Support for Israel

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement after voting for the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 411-2.

“Israel has the right to exist in the Middle East, plain and simple. The U.S. is prepared to lend whatever help is necessary to support Israel’s inherent right to self defense.

“The resolution I voted for this afternoon reaffirms our commitment to provide Israel the military capabilities necessary to deter and defend itself. It also reaffirms our intent to assist Israel with its on-going efforts to forge a peaceful, negotiated settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, resulting in two states living side by side in peace and security. In this climate of partisanship, this is one issue both sides of the aisle clearly agree on.”

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